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The open source regime is not new to the world. Generally, the term open source refers to non-proprietor based software that is available to all the programmers/coders of the world in terms of source code and for free. The notion of open source health informatics can ideally be considered as a fresh provision for the health sector to process health related data. Laboratory Information and Management Systems are a very good example of Open Source Health Information Systems.
The infusion of Information Technology in the field of health and medicine has led to the rebirth of the said field. Technological advancements that have affected the field of health have affected the human society as a whole directly and have mostly proved to be beneficial rather than hazardous.
Formally speaking, the definition of Medical Informatics, as quoted at openclinical.com, is stated as follows:
Medical Informatics is the “scientific field that deals with biomedical information, data, and knowledge – their storage, retrieval, and optimal use for problem solving and decision making. It accordingly touches on all basic and applied fields in biomedical science and is closely tied to modern information technologies, notably in the areas of computing and communication (medical computer science)”
[Stanford Medical Informatics].
Decision Support Systems are one of the types of information systems that assist in medicine. They can be termed as information systems that assist in decision making. Improved decision making can be achieved by information systems that are flexible, interactive and adaptable.
Organizations use Decision Support Systems in order to make High level decisions.
HISTORY OF DSS IN MEDICINE
Computers have assisted man ever since their inception. The middle of the twentieth century was the time when the first research combining computers and medicine was published. Then there was no stopping at all. The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed the formal making of decision support systems in medicine usually referred to as clinical decision support systems.
The decision Support Systems in Medicine may either be knowledge based or may not be knowledge based.